• Fear-Based Medicine Prevails Over Science

    Posted October 8, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    Doctor: “The test says you have prostate cancer.” Patient:  “Take it out now doc.”

    Males have heard time and again that the PSA test, which is a marker of inflammation in the prostate gland, is an inaccurate way to determine whether the prostate is cancer free and its use should be abandoned.  A repeat of this same message has just been issued.  But as an Associated Press report says men “may not listen” because the vast majority of men over age 50 already get tested.  Doctors have continued to string along instead of dropping the test from their physical exam regimens — it’s good for business.  Men are fearful, even that tough bearded former Marine.  A survey some years ago showed if men are told they have prostate cancer and their options for treatment are given to them at that time, most men will opt for immediate surgical removal of the prostate gland.  But if the decision is delayed for two weeks and men have opportunity to educate themselves about treatment options, far fewer will opt for treatment.  So the PSA builds fear and fear results in impulsive decisions to undergo treatment, in many cases for men who don’t have prostate cancer at all.  So how do you stop the train?  Great Britain doesn’t even use the PSA test.  This is immaterial.  Doctors are playing upon patient fears to boost their business.  What medical board will chastise them?  None.  It will be business as usual.  — Bill Sardi, Knowledge of Health, Inc.

  • All Roads Lead To & Away From Resveratrol

    Posted September 30, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    All roads to adult wellness and longevity lead to resveratrol, but the public isn’t buying it. An estimated 345 producers of dietary supplements have all raced to enter their version of resveratrol pills into the marketplace, but not much more than 100,000 American take these red wine pills. It is inexplicable why resveratrol continues to astound in the research laboratory but physicians are loathe to recommend it and consumers reticent to take this pill that may be the pill that ends all other pills.

    The broad biological scope of the red wine molecule resveratrol is becoming legendary. Dr. Dipak Das at the University of Connecticut has documented the large number of genes that resveratrol controls. Resveratrol is beneficial for brain, heart, liver, blood circulation, immunity, cholesterol, blood clotting, etc, etc. It is difficult to address the breadth of resveratrol’s biological action without writing an encyclopedia.

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  • Retrospection: How An Internet Crusade Caused A Phony Government-Sponsored Flu Vaccination Campaign To Implode, And How To Beat The Flu Without Vaccines

    Posted August 9, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    In 2009 a deadly flu virus was supposedly sweeping the nation after starting in Mexico. But early on the story didn’t ring true. The President had just returned from a short trip to Mexico a month earlier when the French President was in Mexico City along with the President of Mexico to christen the opening of a French vaccine plant there. Suddenly a flu outbreak in a small village in Mexico was getting attention as it spread across the US-Mexico border. But there were no flu deaths in the village where it all began. The people in the village said they had been ill for some time from air pollution generated by nearby pig farms, not from the flu. And why was Homeland Security practicing drive-in delivery of flu vaccines in Texas months prior to the outbreak?

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  • How A Pharmaceutical Giant Built The World’s Best-Selling Drug On A False Premise Because It Knew How To Ignite Public Demand By Playing On Patient Fears and Getting Their Pills Paid For By Insurance Plans

    Posted August 6, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    No one knows now whether Pfizer, which is panned as “the world largest research-based pharmaceutical company,” will have a more storied past or a more storied future. That’s because sometimes the downfall of such a huge success story in American business may be more gripping than an account of how Pfizer developed and marketed so many blockbuster drugs. The $68 billion drug giant is headed for a momentous downfall, and this is sure to gain continued attention in business news columns worldwide in the coming months ahead.

    Pfizer’s treasure chests of new drugs are now empty. No genie is about to uncork a surprise molecule from its R&D pipeline that will generate billions of dollars to counter anticipated losses as Pfizer’s prized drug patents expire.

    Pfizer’s CEO, who was once known as the maven who re-invented McDonald’s hamburger franchises, was commissioned to re-invent Pfizer. When Jeffrey Kindler first became CEO at Pfizer nearly a decade ago he faced what is tantamount to a corporate spill over a waterfall as its prize drug, Lipitor, faced eventual patent expiration. But that was years away.

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  • Where have all the blockbuster drugs gone? Long-time passing?

    Posted August 2, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    Where have all the patentable synthetically-made blockbuster drugs gone?
    Long-time passing.
    Where have all the patentable synthetically-made blockbuster drugs gone?
    Long-time ago.
    Where have all the patentable synthetically-made blockbuster drugs gone?
    Gone to patent graveyards everyone.
    When will they ever learn?
    When will they ever learn?

    Big Pharma is about to be dismantled as pharmaceutical patents expire, representing $78 billion in sales. Thirteen drugs including Lipitor, the cholesterol-lowering drug, Plavix, the blockbuster blood thinner, and Nexium, the designer acid blocker/heartburn remedy, will become generic drugs by 2015, says an article in Managed Care magazine.

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  • Newly Proposed FDA Safety Guidelines Could Remove Children’s Vitamins From Store Shelves

    Posted July 27, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    SAN DIMAS, CA (July 26, 2011) -Saying the newly proposed safety guidelines for dietary supplements would likely eliminate most children’s vitamins from store shelves, the first official comment regarding the FDA’s New Dietary Ingredient guidelines has been submitted, and it also calls for dietary supplements to be removed from oversight by the FDA altogether. The newly proposed guidelines were published on July 1 and are subject to a 90-day comment period.

    Bill Sardi, long-time dietary supplement advocate, health writer and dietary supplement formulator, speaking from his office in San Dimas, California, says dietary supplements are safer than tap water, table salt, aspirin and even food and it is unlikely the newly proposed guidelines will make them any safer. His 16-page critique of the FDA’s newly proposed safety tests, available for viewing at www.knowledgeofhealth.com ,demands that an economic impact report be commissioned before any further action is taken by FDA.

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  • Comment: Now is the time to strike back at FDA (the Food & Drugged Administration).

    Posted : by Bill Sardi

    The predicted power grab of herbal and dietary supplements, many which have the same biological action as prescription drugs, is now underway. Drug patents face expiration (see article below) and profits will crash at pharmaceutical companies. Stock prices will fold for Big Pharma. The pipeline for new drugs is bare.

    The New Dietary Ingredient guideline proposed by FDA would cost billions of dollars, result in many supplements being withdrawn from store shelves not because they are unsafe but because they can’t afford the onerous testing requirements to prove they are safe, and will wipe out most small business entities in the supplement business. One consequence, under the FDA guideline, children’s vitamins would virtually disappear, as they must undergo costly 1-3 year tests to prove they don’t cause birth defects. New Dietary Ingredient testing will cost tens of billions of dollars. The retail price for supplements will have to rise to that of drugs, and being unaffordable, consumers won’t be able to buy them.

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  • Response To New Dietary Ingredient Guideline Proposed By FDA

    Posted July 22, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues; Availability

    Docket No. FDA-2011-D-0376
    Comment Tracking Number: 80ec9da3

    Date: July 22, 2011


    Food & Drug Administration
    5630 Fishers Lane, Room 1061
    Rockville, MD 20852


    Bill Sardi
    Knowledge of Health, Inc.
    457 West Allen Avenue, Suite 117
    San Dimas, CA 91773

    This comment is submitted to the FDA under 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)).


    1. Introduction
    2. Impracticality
    3. Technical adulteration versus true adulteration
    4. Lack of economic impact data
    5. Impeccable safety record of dietary supplements
    6. FDA history anti-dietary supplement practices
      1. Scare tactics
      2. Censorship of true statements
    7. Need for dietary supplements
    8. Truth in labeling
    9. Dietary supplement overkill; removal from FDA oversight

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  • Dietary Supplements Face Overkill While FDA-Approved Drugs Have A License To Kill

    Posted July 11, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    It’s the middle of summer on a holiday weekend, late on Friday afternoon, and the American public is readying themselves for another 4th of July celebration. It’s the typical point in time, when the populace is distracted, that government agencies often pick to release a bombshell that won’t likely be popular with the public. And it was some bombshell.

    The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had secretively, albeit belatedly, drafted a 47-page guideline pointed at dietary supplement companies, with a demand they prove their newly introduced products are safe. It was written without input from industry. The rub is that the guideline extends back 16 years to any new dietary ingredient introduced after the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act (DSHEA) was passed in 1994. This includes popular dietary supplements such as resveratrol curcumin, hyaluronic acid, acai berry, and many others. Thousands of new dietary ingredients have been introduced over that time, and only a few hundred of them actually had safety data filed with the FDA. Shame, shame.

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  • The Hoped-For Patient-Driven Health Revolution Fades To Black; Look Towards The Next Generation

    Posted June 9, 2011: by Bill Sardi

    I’m writing in a less hopeful mood today. The optimism that the masses would get wind of the ruse being played upon them by the pharmaceutical companies and the excessive testing and treatment prescribed by doctors is all but a fading dream.

    The Internet was the medium that was predicted to lead a patient-driven health revolution. While the Internet has expanded and penetrated into most American homes over the past decade, no bona fide health revolution is on the horizon. In fact, the greatest online traffic for health related issues emanates from spammers and online hucksters, not from Paul Revere-like pioneers who want to overthrow the reigning disease-care system.

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